Ukraine planning to sue three countries over food import ban – report

Ukraine is planning to sue Poland, Hungary and Slovakia over their bans on its agricultural products, according to a report by Politico.

Kyiv could impose reciprocal measures on Poland if Warsaw did not drop the measures, Ukrainian Trade Representative Taras Kachka told the news outlet. 

“We would be forced to retaliate on the additional products, and would prohibit the import of fruit and vegetables from Poland,” Politico quoted him as saying.

“It is important to prove that these actions are legally wrong. And that’s why we will start legal proceedings tomorrow.” 

Restrictions imposed by the European Union in May allowed Ukraine’s neighbours to ban domestic sales of Ukrainian wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seeds, while permitting transit of such cargoes for export elsewhere.

After that, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary announced their own restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports after the executive European Commission decided not to extend its ban.

The three countries have said they are acting in the interests of their economies, and trying to protect their farmers.